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6:25 PM ET, October 15, 2021

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Slate:
Biden's Supreme Court Commission Walked Straight Into the Legitimacy Trap  —  The Supreme Court is struggling with a “legitimacy crisis.”  According to the polls, Americans have lost confidence in the branch that requires public confidence to exercise power.
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Bloomberg Law:
Biden's Supreme Court Commission Loses Two Conservatives  —  President Joe Biden's bipartisan commission studying changes to the U.S. Supreme Court, including court expansion, lost two of its conservative members ahead of a Friday meeting to review preliminary findings.
Discussion: The Hill, National Review and Reason
Washington Post:
Justice Department will ask Supreme Court to block Texas abortion law while legal fights play out
Peter Hasson / Fox News:
Loudoun County superintendent apologizes, board member resigns as backlash grows over alleged sexual assaults  —  Loudoun County Public Schools has faced intense public pressure after Scott Smith revealed his daughter was allegedly assaulted in a school bathroom  —  Loudoun father claims city concealed sex assault
Discussion: National Review, WTOP, RedState and IJR
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Eric Quintanar / The Daily Wire:
Loudoun County School Board Member Resigns Following Daily Wire Investigation  —  Beth Barts, a far-left member of the Loudoun County School Board, has resigned from her position.  —  First elected in 2019, Barts has been criticized by parent groups over Critical Race Theory and transgender policies in the school system.
Kaelan Deese / Washington Examiner:
Woman becomes ‘combative’ attempting assault on Capitol Police officers with baseball bat  —  A woman in Washington, D.C. , “became combative” and attempted to assault Capitol Police officers on Friday using a baseball bat , authorities said Friday.  —  The woman, who was identified …
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Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Capitol Police officer Michael Riley charged with cover-up of other person's role in Jan. 6 riot
Associated Press:
Prosecutors: Capitol cop told Jan.6 rioter to hide evidence
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Netflix just fired the organizer of the trans employee walkout  —  The company suspects they leaked metrics about the Dave Chappelle special to the press  —  Netflix has fired a leader of the trans employee resource group who was organizing the upcoming October 20th walkout.
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Terry Spencer / Associated Press:
Attorney: Cruz to plead guilty to Parkland school massacre  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The gunman who killed 14 students and three staff members at a Parkland, Florida, high school will plead guilty to their murders, his attorneys said Friday, bringing some closure to a South Florida community …
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Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump allies eye election law push should he be reelected  —  Even before he lost his reelection bid, former President Donald Trump has been obsessed with challenging and changing election laws.  Should he find himself back in the White House, his allies are hoping to turn that obsession into legislative action.
New York Times:
Science vs. bureaucracy  —  For the 15 million Americans who have received the Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine, the confusing messages from the federal government just keep coming.  —  An F.D.A. advisory panel is scheduled to vote today on whether J. & J. recipients should receive a booster shot.
Discussion: Reason, CNN and Financial Times
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Bojan Pancevski / Wall Street Journal:
Politico's New Owner Plans to Grow Staff, Launch Paywall  —  Axel Springer, whose $1 billion acquisition of Politico is expected to close next week, also eyes foreign-language editions  —  BERLIN— Axel Springer SE plans to eventually put Politico's content behind a paywall and immediately boost …
Davis Winkie / Military Times:
Day 1 of outspoken Marine's trial brings guilty plea and political sideshow  —  CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina — When Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller's defense team called Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, to the virtual witness stand Thursday afternoon, the tablet showing her Zoom testimony …
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Michael Wolff / The Daily Beast:
Jeffrey Epstein Bragged Bill Barr was in Charge, Not Trump  —  The pedophile told Ehud Barak he had “direct knowledge” that Barr was in charge in DC, according to a new book that also claims Steve Bannon gave Epstein advice on his PR strategy.  —  On a morning in early 2019, with spring in the air …
Discussion: Raw Story
Megan Carpentier / Oxygen Official Site:
Native American Woman In Oklahoma Convicted Of Manslaughter Over Miscarriage  —  Brittney Poolaw faces four years in prison for a miscarriage she suffered less than halfway through her pregnancy.  —  Prosectors in Oklahoma successfully argued to a jury this month that a woman who had a miscarriage …
Discussion: Jezebel, Reason and Alternet.org
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Zeynep Tufekci / New York Times:
The Unvaccinated May Not Be Who You Think  —  Back when a viral pandemic killing millions around the world was just the plot of a scary movie, the film “Contagion” was lauded for how accurately it depicted the way such an outbreak would occur.  —  On the science of viral contagion …
Brett Simpson / The Atlantic:
Why Cars Don't Deserve the Right of Way  —  The simplest way to make roads safer and reduce police violence at the same time … On a hot june evening in Berkeley, California, last year, while his groceries sweated on the couch, 24-year-old Darrell Owens sent a tweet that changed his city.
Emily Tamkin / New Statesman:
Sarah Palin lost, but then she won  —  She didn't become vice-president, and she's largely out of politics.  So why do I see Palin's image mirrored everywhere?  —  Lately, I find myself thinking of Sarah Palin.  —  In the fall of 2008, I sat in my college dormitory and watched Palin …
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Biden administration says it's ready to restore ‘Remain in Mexico’ along border next month  —  The Biden administration is prepared to reimplement the Trump-era border policy known as the Migrant Protection Protocols in mid-November if the Mexican government agrees to accept the return …
Hailey Fuchs / Politico:
Sinema rakes in Pharma and finance cash amid reconciliation negotiations  —  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) raised more campaign money in the last three months than in any quarter since she became a senator.  And she hit that $1.1 million haul with a big assist from the pharmaceutical …
Discussion: Jacobin
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Is a Democratic Wipeout Inevitable?  —  It's common now for Democrats to argue that the agenda they are struggling to implement on Capitol Hill represents the party's most ambitious since the “Great Society” Congress convened in 1965.  That's a reasonable assessment—but one that the party today …
Alex Pareene / The AP (Alex Pareene) Newsletter:
What Is Kyrsten Sinema Doing?  —  In one respect, that's an easy question to answer: Kyrsten Sinema is attempting to derail the reconciliation bill, or, failing that, to at least vastly pare back its more progressive elements, on behalf of the donors and lobbyists whose interests she represents.
Tampa Bay Times:
Trump won Florida, but online and at your door, his supporters are trying to force an audit  —  The push for a recount began months ago in states like Arizona, where Trump lost by a narrow margin.  But the movement is now bleeding into states Trump won comfortably, including Florida.
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Jackie Calmes / Los Angeles Times:
Why journalists are failing the public with ‘both-siderism’ in political coverage  —  American politics has changed dramatically since my post-Watergate generation of journalists began covering the story.  Political journalism hasn't kept up.  —  For years it was easy to cover “both sides” …
Jonathan Levinson / opb:
Oath Keepers in Oregon law enforcement  —  The earliest law enforcement officer in the state to join was Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputy Phillip Farrell, who signed up in 2009, according to the hacked records.  Farrell retired from the Sheriff's office in 2014 and, until 2019 …
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Raw Story
Deidre McPhillips / CNN:
New CDC data shows the risk of dying from Covid-19 is 11 times higher for unvaccinated adults than for fully vaccinated adults  —  (CNN)Throughout August, the risk of dying from Covid-19 was 11 times higher for unvaccinated adults than for fully vaccinated adults in the United States …
Marco Rubio / Fox News:
It's time to fire John Kerry, Biden's ethically challenged climate czar  —  President Biden has a choice: stand by the man profiting from slave labor or fire him  —  Fox News reads climate czar John Kerry's emissions report on air  —  Sometimes the most obvious explanation is the right one.
Wall Street Journal:
Federal Judges or Their Brokers Traded Stocks of Litigants During Cases  —  Dozens of judges have reported share purchases and sales made while they presided in suits involving those companies, a WSJ investigation found  —  Mary Geiger Lewis acquired Walmart Inc. stock.
 
 
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John Nichols / The Nation:
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Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
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Eva Corlett / The Guardian:
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Los Angeles Times:
How Vice President Kamala Harris' appearance on a kids' YouTube special backfired
Kelly Laco / Fox News:
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 Earlier Items: 
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
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American Greatness:
Was January 6 Part of the FBI's ‘Operation Cold Snap’?
Discussion: Twitchy
Christian Spencer / The Hill:
After white students displayed Confederate flag at school, Black students suspended for planning protest
Discussion: TheGrio
Minnie Chan / South China Morning Post:
Upgrades for Chinese military airbases facing Taiwan hint at war plans
Discussion: The Sun
David Shepardson / Reuters:
U.S. to lift curbs from Nov. 8 for vaccinated foreign travelers - official
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
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Discussion: Raw Story